Sam McMullen

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Colorado High Schooler Invents Smart Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

Colorado has a history with gun violence so it’s only appropriate that 17-year-old Kai Kloepfer, a high school student from Boulder, would want to apply biometric user authentication to firearms. Kloepfer just won the $50,000 Smart Tech for Firearms Challenge for his smart gun prototype.<p>Angel …

May the (Work) Force Be With You: How to Be a LinkedIn Jedi (Infographic)

1 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>With two new users joining LinkedIn every second, LinkedIn is a force to be reckoned with. Even if you’re not job searching, you can cultivate professional relationships, join industry groups, and explore new ventures by …

Infographics

DMCA Protection Takedown Services

Keep Content Thieves Away!<p>Add DMCA Protection Badge to your Website Today<p>Protect your original content from theft<br>• Actively combat copyright …

Chrome

The Best iPad Stylus & Pen

Widevantage is not a stylus company that I’ve heard of before and upon further digging,<p>Read More +<p>I was a bit skeptical to review another active …

The smarter, faster, easier way to build a successful web application

Introduction<p>What is Getting Real?<br>• About 37signals<br>• Caveats, disclaimers, and other preemptive strikes<p>The Starting Line<p>Build Less<br>• What’s Your Problem?<br>• Fund …

Startup Library

The Basics<p>Do Things That Don't Scale.<p>Startups take off because the founders make them take off.<p>Startup Playbook.<p>Startup advice from many YC partners …

SighES

Here we go. Another year, another CES. And, as I said before, this is going to be a weird one. Nothing – and I mean nothing – has leaked out of the deep mountain hordes of Sony, LG, and Samsung and there is no overarching concept or topic that everyone is pushing. It’s as if the big guys are now …

And The Winner Of Our First Hardware Battlefield Is… CubeSensors!

Three days go by awfully quickly, don’t they? The Consumer Electronics Show — and by extension our Hardware Battlefield — only started on Tuesday but we’ve seen no shortage of cool gadgets and hot startups take our stage here in Las Vegas.<p>This is the first time we’ve tried to put together a …

MakerBot Is Changing The World

It was an inauspicious beginning. At the MakerBot event last night at CES 2014 the intro music tended towards soft hard rock. On the plate was a lilting guitar anthem by the Foo Fighters and then a song by Incubus, <i>Pardon Me</i>.<p><i>So pardon me while I burst into flames.</i><p>Luckily, nothing did.<p>Instead, as I …

LuckyPennie Brings Music Discovery, Local Tastemakers To The iPhone

If your Spotify friends have terrible taste in music, newly launched iPhone app LuckyPennie may be for you. This L.A.-based startup is hoping to re-imagine the way people discover music, including not only new songs available for streaming or download on iTunes, but those performed by local bands, …

Bill Gates, investors, back sodium battery startup Aquion Energy

Bill Gates is continuing to fund next-generation battery startups. On Tuesday, battery startup Aquion Energy announced that it is working on raising …

New Tactus Case Concept Brings A Disappearing Keyboard To The iPad

It was about this time last year that Tactus — the company behind the amazing disappearing touchscreen keyboard — really started making a name for itself. So what does a buzzy company do to top its previous showing at the world’s biggest consumer tech show? In Tactus’ case it quietly showed off yet …

Update: Alleged Dropbox Hack Is A Hoax, Website Is Back Up

<i>Update: The alleged hack against Dropbox is</i><p>looking more like is an elaborate hoax, timed perfectly with the website’s incidental outage. As security researcher Wesley Mcgrew points out, <i>the emails supposedly stolen from Dropbox have been found elsewhere on the web and a known Anonymous Twitter</i> …

Small Business Ideas and Resources for Entrepreneurs

4 Ways to Make Every Hire Count

It's all about balancing your current and future needs.<p>To grow properly, companies need to establish a hiring process that is focused equally on the present and future. This can be a delicate balance, says Tom Gimbel, the president and CEO of the LaSalle Network, a $37 million staffing and …

Employment

Gary Vaynerchuk: Why Your Social Media Should Tell A Story

In business, defining, and perfecting, your own narrative is everything.<p>Social media marketing impresario Gary Vaynerchuk got his start in his father's New Jersey liquor store, transforming it from a $3 million local business into WineLibrary.com, a $45 million Internet discount wine retailer. He …

Social Media Marketing

The Unconnected Need Not Apply

On average, only 4 percent of employees have referred more than one job candidate via their social networks. What can your company do to encourage more meaningful social recruiting?<p>Companies have long encouraged employees to recruit friends and former colleagues to help fill job openings, often …

Social Media

Zappos Goes Flat, Gets Rid of Managers

The trendsetter of quirky corporate culture is headed toward a massive restructuring. Could it work for your business, too?<p>Zappos has long been a role model for corporate culture. Entrepreneurs regularly make the pilgrimage to the company's Las Vegas headquarters, to learn about Zappos's commitment …

Corporate Culture

These 365 Quotes Will Inspire You Every Day This Year

Best-selling author and entrepreneur Dave Kerpen shares 365 powerful, inspirational quotes for leaders in 2015<p>With a new year nearly upon us, it's a great time to get inspired about the future, your vision, your goals and executing on those goals. I'm so grateful for all of the inspiration I've …

Motivation

World's Easiest Way to Follow Through on Your New Year's Resolution

Frame your resolution such that success or failure reflects on you, not your action.<p>Language, as you know, carries a whole lot of power.<p>And there's (at least) one way you can siphon that power to ensure you follow up on your New Year's Resolution.<p>The idea comes courtesy of Britt Peterson, writing …

New Year's Resolutions

3 Reasons Why Every Executive Should be on LinkedIn

LinkedIn's new capabilities have made it far more valuable to C-suite executives. Here are 3 ways savvy execs are using it.<p>You probably don't need to join Facebook for your work (unless you're a marketing executive). You even can still get away with not being active on Twitter.<p>But for all …

Social Media

7 New Year’s Resolutions for Entrepreneurs

Kiss goodbye to everything that's holding you and your business from achieving true awesomeness, and vow to change for the better.<p>Repeat after me. This year, I resolve to…<p>7. Lose excess weight.<p>Most of your customer service headaches typically originate from a small number of “problem customers.” …

Customer Service

5 Easy Daily Habits to Build a Healthier You

Forget massive changes to your diet, exercise, or lifestyle. Try simple, small changes you can definitely stick with.<p>How long do most New Year's resolutions last? A week? Maybe a month?<p>Makes sense if you think about it: no matter how much you may want to stick to your resolution, the pressures of …

Holistic Medicine

6 Questions That Healthy Organizations Ask

Building trickle down focus from the top.<p>Patrick Lencioni's new book, <i>The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business</i>, is a kind of field manual for company leaders. Although it is persuasive on the competitive merits of organizational health (how a business's employees, …

Leadership

What Motivates Employees Better Than Cash? A Break.

Rewards work, yes, but perhaps not the kind you'd expect.<p>You know that employees perform best when they are rewarded not only with a suitable paycheck and benefits package but also with additional incentives. Performance and profit-sharing bonuses are common (even to the point of being taken for …

Employee Engagement

How to Get What You Want (and Still Be Nice)

An HR Pro offers techniques that can help you push your business agenda without ruffling feathers or ruining your reputation as the nicest person in the company.<p>At work, being nice isn't going to get you on anyone's list of high performers. That's the fear (especially of many women) anyway.<p>The …

Knightsbridge

To Make Your Management Style Clear, Create a User's Manual

And as a bonus, use it as a conversation starter.<p>Your longtime employees understand your peeves and preferences so acutely that pleasing or annoying you is rarely done by accident. But what about new hires? How can they quickly learn what it's like to work for you and your organization?<p>One …

Employment